Jenner & Block partner Ian Gershengorn is leaving the firm later this month to become deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Civil Division with oversight of the Federal Programs Branch.
Gershengorn is a partner in the firm’s litigation department and a member of the firm’s appellate, Supreme Court, and communications practice areas. He was active in representing Indian tribes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation. “I’ve had a terrific run at Jenner,” Gershengorn says. “But there’s no thrill quite like representing the United States.”
At Jenner, Gershengorn has worked with Donald Verrilli Jr. and Thomas Perrelli, who have both moved to Justice. Verrilli is the associate deputy attorney general, and Perrelli is the associate attorney general. The Senate confirmed Perrelli in March. Perrelli had been managing partner in Jenner’s D.C. office.
Gershengorn, who starts April 27, says he is excited to rejoin Justice, where he was counsel to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick between 1995 and 1997. Gorelick is now a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Gershengorn will oversee more than 100 attorneys in Federal Programs, the branch that is tackling Guantánamo detainee cases and state secrets matters.